Overcoming Barriers to ABA Implementation in Maintained SEN Schools in the UK

The author observed interventions based on the classroom-based Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) model and Response To Invention decision making framework in SEN schools. They also used interviews to explore organisational variables that might affect effectiveness.

  • Theme: Specialist support
  • Strength: Robust
  • Breadth of Impact: Good
  • Status: Quality Assured
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The author observed interventions based on the classroom-based Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) model and Response To Intervention decision making framework in SEN schools. They also used interviews to explore organisational variables that might affect effectiveness.

They found Applied Behaviour Analysis interventions can produce significant gains for participants, and effective collaboration between researchers and educational teams can result in the successful implementation and sustainability of evidence-based Applied Behaviour Analysis interventions.

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